This prayer is on display in our foyer. I believe it represents so much of what this community ought to be so proud of. I hope you agree.
YOU ARE WELCOME
Whoever you are
You have come to this house
Where God is praised.
Whoever you are, you are welcome
With your joys and your sorrows
Your successes and your failures
Your hopes and your disappointments.
You are welcome!
Generations before you have loved this place
Have contributed to build it and make it beautiful
Have prayed here, have found strength here.
If you are a believer, pray here.
If you are searching, reflect here.
If you have doubts, ask for light.
If you are suffering, ask for strength.
If you are joyful, give thanks.
In this House you will meet
Your brothers and sisters, fellow pilgrims.
May your passing through this Place
Warm your heart and strengthen your spirit
Whoever you are.
Found in St Augustine’s Church, Drogheda, Ireland, 2019
Dear Parents and Carers
St Jude’s is about to get a new, two classroom building. After a long and delayed process it looks, finally, like coming to fruition very soon. From next Monday you will notice safety fencing going up between The Shed and the ELC. Once constructed, civil works will take place next, with delivery of the classrooms at the end of the upcoming holiday period. It will take several weeks to fit out the building and complete landscaping and other sundry site works. For the start of the 2020 school year St Jude’s will be at capacity, even though we have two new classrooms. The school is growing and the classrooms are clearly a necessary response to this growth.
Working Bee - At the Primary School Only
This Sunday from 10am to 12pm. This is our last working bee for the year and there is a lot of mulch to move, and other mainly gardening jobs to do. We have a large amount of gardens which the children have access to for play so that means maintaining these areas is constant work. Preschool parents are most welcome to join the working bee at the Primary School. If you can spare a half hour or an hour or more, then your help will be appreciated. Please bring gardening tools, especially wheelbarrows, rakes, hedge trimmers, etc. Trailers may also be needed so hook yours up just in case. We stop strictly at noon and then have a sausage sizzle and a cool drink. Children are very welcome.
Confirmation Last Saturday Night
Congratulations to the 47 students and adults who were confirmed last Saturday in St Jude’s Church. It was a beautiful Mass celebrated for us by Archbishop Christopher. The candidates were well prepared, dressed smartly for such an occasion and they displayed great poise throughout the ceremony. Many commented on the remarkable Tongan Choir for the contribution their singing made to the liturgy. The Archbishop’s teachings in his homily were well received and to the point as well. It really was a most beautiful and appropriate ceremony. Well done to all involved. I especially want to thank Mrs Chant for her wonderful organisation, leadership and teaching along with Mrs Stincic and Mrs Gibson.
This month on SchoolTV - Blended Families
Blended or stepfamilies, come in all shapes and sizes. Today, the term “blended family” is more commonly used as opposed to “stepfamily”. Although their original meanings differ slightly, today both terms are used interchangeably. This is mostly due to some of the negative connotations associated with fairytale characters such as the evil stepmother or stepsister.
The blended family is the fastest growing family dynamic in the world with one in five families now being a ‘step’ or ‘blended’ family. However, when families “blend,” it rarely progresses smoothly. Some children resist change, and parents become frustrated when the new family doesn’t function in the same way as the previous one.
Although blending families requires adjustment and patience from everyone involved, in this edition of SchoolTV, parents will be given some guidelines of real expectations that can help their new family work through the growing pains. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition.
Here is the link to this month's edition https://stjudesps.act.schooltv.me/newsletter/blended-families
Keep in your Prayers
Please keep Mrs Karen Mahony (teacher 3M) and her family in your prayers, as her beloved mother, Mrs Nelly Toscan has passed away. May God give Mrs Toscan eternal rest.
Peter Galvin - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
Last Day of Term 4
The last day of term 4 has been confirmed as Thursday 19 December.
Marlia B (KH), Natalie, Jean Marc and family on the arrival of baby Isaac!
Henry L (1T), Matilda (ELC), Karina, Chris and family on the safe arrival of baby Joey!
Wishing you all much happiness with your new bundles of joy!
Camp Australia - Vacation Care Program
The Holiday Club team at Camp Australia is pleased to let you know that your school has gone live with bookings for the upcoming Spring holiday season. We are proud to present to you, a program designed for the inner superhero in all kids. Built upon the foundations of child and family feedback, our program explores the true purpose of a superhero. We’ve created activities to help kids build their ideal superhero character in Masks & Magic, experience their first mission in Operation: Rescue, bowl away the baddies in Strike Force! and a lot more.
Camp Australia have emailed all families a unique code to access holiday care bookings for St Jude’s.
St Jude’s families can contact Camp Australia on 0411 554 854 if you would like to enrol.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?
‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’
We return again to the Lukan theme of money and how it can get in the way of being a true disciple. This week’s gospel passage reminds us that we cannot be a follower of God and chase after riches at the same time. That parable of the steward and his master is one that is rarely quoted and would be unfamiliar to most readers. The actions of the steward upon learning that he is to be dismissed seem to us to be evidence of his dubious dealings and yet the master praises his astuteness.
When a steward entered into loans and deals on behalf of his master, he would build into the repayment a profit for himself. This was quite normal and acceptable. So the amount that the steward asks the debtors to reduce their debts to the master is actually the cut that he had built into the deal for himself. His actions are, surprisingly, quite noble and legitimate. What he is doing is ensuring that his master receives all that is owed to him whilst the steward is making himself more popular with the debtors because they don’t have to pay back as much. It would be like a modern day salesman saying that he would forego his commission on the sale so that the purchaser didn’t have to pay as much.
But why does Jesus use this parable? He makes the point that when the crunch comes – when the kingdom of God is imminent – monetary wealth is going to be meaningless. It is best to cut your losses and turn your energy to building relationships rather than riches.
Term 4 Dates:
- Monday 21 October: Year 5 and 6 Leadership Day and Beatitudes Prayer Assembly, 2.30pm in the church.
- Monday 28 October: St Jude’s Feast Day, Mass at 9.30am.
- Friday 8 November: CSYMI Retreat for our Youth Ministry team, St Vincent’s Aranda.
- Year 6 Graduation: Tuesday 17 December, starting at 5pm in the church.
- Candle Ceremony: Thursday 19 December, 2.30pm.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
Happy Birthday to Ishani S and Sonny C
Spring has sprung and it’s Floriade time! The Stingrays, Lobsters and Turtles all enjoyed a great day out, catching an ACTION Bus to Floriade to visit their gnomes. They also went on a gnome hunt; played on the castle playground; had a picnic lunch and explored the flower beds, sculptures and displays. Thank you to those parents and grandparents who were able to join us.
We have placed a Discovery Garden potting station in our front foyer. If you are not the gardener at home, and would like to collect on our behalf, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have a few spare moments with your child, including young siblings, feel free to pot up a seedling kit to add to our garden. Once the seedlings grow, we hope to replant them outside.
ELC Holiday Care Bookings Due
The ELC Holiday Care Program will run during the October school holidays. The program will run from from 8am to 5.30pm from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October (minus the public holiday on Monday 7 October). The program is full of fun and engaging activities and excursions. Information and booking sheets are on the school website. Bookings for holiday care are due today, 19 September.
The final fees for term 3 are now due. Could you please check your accounts and ensure that all term fees are up to date. Please note that Holiday Care Bookings will not be accepted from families with outstanding fees.
Our ELC Tea Towels have arrived, featuring the childrens wonderful self portraits. If you have placed an order, your tea towels will be sent home over the next few days. We do have a few extras so if you would like them, contact the ELC office.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
Teams have been posted on the noticeboard. Please ask your child to check that their name is in a team. We would like a family to volunteer to take a St Jude’s tent to the netball carnival. If you are able to assist, please see Mrs Thomas. Information will be sent to Managers in the coming weeks about their teams, paying the umpire (a $5 donation from each family for their time), and any other information. Lastly, we are looking for a Year 6 coach for the day. If you know someone or are happy to volunteer your time, could you please let Mrs Thomas know, ASAP.
Junior Cricket registrations are open with the local Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club. Over the last few years, there have been a couple of teams of children, based around St Jude’s students, who play in the Friday night U10 and up, competitions. If you are interested in playing, please contact either James Hewitt on 0418 421 106 (Abigail and Isabella’s dad) or Mal Larsen, Junior Registrar, 0487 021 986 email@example.com or register through:
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Senior Choir Floriade Performance
The Senior Choir performed on Stage 88 yesterday, at Floriade and had a wonderful day.
Here are some student's responses to the day.
Leanne Thomas and Sharon Hart - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
Next week is the last week of term, so children may borrow an extra book for the holidays if they would like to. Younger children must have a bag to take books home. All art work will be handed back to the children as well to take home, so do have a chat about the related books (shortlisted).
Keep looking for those spare Library bags please…only 2 came back this week!
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 20 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 27 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Just a reminder that Uniform Shop orders can be placed electronically via Qkr! and items will then be delivered directly to your child, for them to take home. Pending the availability of our volunteers, Qkr! orders are usually filled on Wednesday mornings, as well as Friday afternoons when the shop is open.
If you need to exchange any item that you have ordered (e.g. for a different size), just send the item and a note back into school with your child to go in the daily message bag to the front office. The volunteers at the Uniform Shop will then swap the item over for you and provide it to your child to take home. If any of the items you have ordered happen to be out of stock at the time, a slip will be provided to your child advising of this. If required, refunds can be arranged via the front office.
All profits from the Uniform Shop go to the St Jude’s Community Council and help fund school projects, such as the new playground equipment built in 2018.
If you have any questions, please direct them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, if anyone is able to assist at the Uniform Shop on a Friday afternoon from 3.00-3.30pm, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Lids for Limbs
If you have milk bottle, soft drink or water bottle lids at home, you can help make a difference. We are collecting them for the charity called Envision Hands who create colourful prosthetic limbs for children. You can drop your lids off in the canteen.
Fresh for Kids
Don’t forget to bring in your entry tickets!
COMPETITION CLOSING NEXT WEEK!!!
This year, we have been given coloured stamper pens. Children will be given one with each healthy option they purchase, as well as a sticker on a ticket that they need to fill to go into the competition to win various prizes for themselves or for our school. Please remind your children to come to the canteen and collect their pens and sticker coupon. This is an initiative run by the Sydney Markets and a nationwide competition.
Masterchef — FROZEN WATERMELON SLICES
Will be available for this week’s Masterchef. Prices from 50c.
Donation of Family Meals
If you have time to cook or purchase family meals, please bring them into the Canteen. We will give them to families who need support. Thank you in advance.
Consistent Qkr! Problems
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you get a receipt number. Too many children are turning up at lunch upset that their lunch orders are missing. Some parents also haven’t updated their children’s classes. This delays the tallying process in the morning, especially on Fridays when we are very busy. Please don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Our local Bakers Delight in Cooleman Court rewards our school when we purchase bread from them. When making purchases at Bakers Delight, could you please ask for the points to be added to St Jude’s Primary? Over time, the points add up and we benefit from this by receiving free or discounted bread for our carnivals. Let your friends and family know! The more people who support this, the more points we receive.
Mulleygrubs Café can only function with your help. Any amount of time is wonderful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and have a go. I’ll even make you a cuppa! Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Hot Coffee is available at the Canteen!
...and is now on Qkr! Only available to be picked up from 8.15am (the coffee machine needs to warm up). You can create your own profile on Qkr! or use your child’s profile.
Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and chai lattes are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.15am through to 1.45pm. Pop in for a chat and purchase a roady!
Small $3.00 Large $4.00
Friday 20 September
Help needed X 2
Wednesday 25 September
Help needed X 1
Thursday 26 September
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Phone: 6288 7688
Our year 6 students have been excitedly getting ready to host the annual Mini Missions Fete, on Tuesday 24 September, at 12pm (week 10).
‘Mini Missions’ is a Year 6 initiative to fundraise money for Surgeon Primary School in Kenya. The students come up with a business plan and usually sell cupcakes, colour hair and run a variety of other stalls and activities.
Prices range from 50c to $3. Classes will go out with their teachers on the day and will be able to peruse all the stalls. If possible, could you please send in coins, as the students will have limited change available.
We thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful fundraiser!
Anna Stincic, Susan Chant, Nicole Gibson - Year 6 Teachers
Phone: 6288 7688
Reading teaches empathy. It puts back the connections that may be lost when everyone is plugged into their own iPhones and iPads, cocooned from the world in hoodies or Beats. If this sounds a touch highfalutin, personal experience has shown me what, to most teachers, will be obvious.
Children who read are more articulate, more confident,
better informed. THEY SHINE.
National Library of Australia (2016). Reading Pleasures. Canberra, ACT: NLA Publishing. P 98